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Gender: F Meaning of Dora: "gift" Origin of Dora: Greek

Dora is poised for a comeback, right behind Laura, Nora, Cora, and Flora. First-time parents who haven't watched cartoons in a couple of decades should be aware of the Dora the Explorer connection, which has its pluses and minuses.

Dora became popular during the Victorian era largely via Dora Spenlow, the "child-wife of Dickens's David Copperfield. Two noted real-life bearers were Dora Maar (born Henriette), a Picasso model and muse, and Dora Carrington, a British painter who was a member of the Bloomsbury Group. The name suffered a bit of a setback from being the title of the long-running comic strip, Dumb Dora..

While Dora can stand on its own, it can also be short for Dorothea, Dorothy, or Theodora. Dory is a cute diminutive.

Famous People Named Dora

Dora Wordsworth, the poet William's daughter (real name Dorothy - named after her father's sister Dorothy Wordsworth - but known as Dora)
Dora May Bryan - British actress and comedienne
Dora Gaitskell (Baroness Gaitskell) - British politician

Pop Culture References for the name Dora

Dora the Explorer, animated American children's series
Dora Winifred Reed, a main character in the television series, Arthur, and full name of D.W.
Dora was introduced as an independent name by a character in Charles Dickens's "David Copperfield".
Dick and Dora were the main characters in a series of British primary (elementary) school reading textbooks in the immediate postwar decades.
Nymphadora Tonks Lupin-Harry Potter character
'Doomsday' Dora Petty, character on the BBC children's show Sparticle Mystery
Dora Lacey, character in the "St Clare" book series by Enid Blyton, who has a twin sister called Daphne

Dory, Doro, Dorah